Phillip M. Archuleta

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Phillip M. Archuleta
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New Mexico House of Representatives District 36
Former member
In office
2013-December 16, 2014
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Phillip M. Archuleta was a Democratic member of the New Mexico House of Representatives, representing District 36 from 2012 until his death on December 16, 2014. He died from complications of pneumonia.[1]

Archuleta missed the entire 2014 legislative session due to health problems, but he ran for re-election in 2014 and was defeated by Andrew Nunez (R).[2]

This candidate ran in a "race to watch" in one of the 20 chambers identified by Ballotpedia as a battleground chamber.

The New Mexico House had a difference in partisan balance between Democrats and Republican of four seats, which amounts to 5.7 percent of the chamber. In 2012, a total of 15 districts were competitive or mildly competitive. There were nine districts where the margin of victory was 5 percent or less in the 2012 elections. Another six districts had a margin of victory between 5 and 10 percent.


Archuleta's professional experience included working in the Labor Law Administration for the State of New Mexico Department of Labor from 1990 to 2012.

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Archuleta served on the following committees:

New Mexico Committee Assignments, 2013
Agriculture and Water Resources
Enrolling and Engrossing - A
Labor and Human Resources



See also: New Mexico House of Representatives elections, 2014
Elections for the office of New Mexico House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 3, 2014, and a general election took place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 4, 2014. Incumbent Phillip M. Archuleta was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Andrew Nunez was unopposed in the Republican primary. Nunez defeated Archuleta in the general election.[3][4]

The New Mexico House of Representatives was a battleground chamber that Ballotpedia identified as having the opportunity to switch partisan control in 2014. The New Mexico House had a difference in partisan balance between Democrats and Republican of four seats, which amounted to 5.7 percent of the chamber. District 36 in the House was identified by Ballotpedia, the Albuquerque Journal, New Mexico Telegram and the Republican State Leadership Committee as a battleground district that would be key in determining control of the New Mexico House of Representatives. The Future Majority Project, part of the Republican State Leadership Committee, announced in August, that District 36 was apart of the projects races to watch. Democrats hoped to hang on to District 36, where first-term lawmaker Phillip M. Archuleta (D), missed all of 2014's session due to health reasons. Andrew Nunez (R), a former House member, defeated Archuleta in the 2014 general election.[5][6][7]

New Mexico House of Representatives, District 36 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngAndrew Nunez 54.1% 3,113
     Democratic Phillip Archuleta Incumbent 45.9% 2,646
Total Votes 5,759


See also: New Mexico House of Representatives elections, 2012

Archuleta ran in the 2012 election for New Mexico House of Representatives District 36. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on June 5, 2012. Incumbent Andrew Nunez (I) ran as an Independent candidate. Archuleta defeated Mike A. Tellez (R) and Nunez in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[8][9]

New Mexico House of Representatives, District 36, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngPhillip M. Archuleta 43.6% 1,873
     Republican Mike A. Tellez 35.7% 1,534
     Independent Andrew Nunez Incumbent 20.7% 891
Total Votes 4,298

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Archuleta is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Archuleta raised a total of $58,318 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 24, 2013.[10]

Phillip M. Archuleta's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 New Mexico State House, District 36 Won $58,318
Grand Total Raised $58,318


Archuleta won election to the New Mexico State House in 2012. During that election cycle, Archuleta raised a total of $58,318.


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In 2013, the 51st New Mexico State Legislature, first session, was in session from January 15 to March 16.[11] In 2014, the 51st New Mexico State Legislature, second session, was in session from January 21 through February 20.[11]

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Archuleta and his wife, Diana, have four children. After suffering from a broken hip and femur, Archuleta had one leg amputated in 2014.[2]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Andrew Nunez (R)
New Mexico House of Representatives - District 36
2013–December 16, 2014
Succeeded by
Andrew Nunez (R)